James Nakashima was one of five Huskers to earn a spot on the NWCA All-Academic Team.
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Huskers Honored as Nationís Top Academic Wrestling Program

By NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska wrestling program was honored for its work in the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year on Tuesday, earning the top spot on the NWCA All-Academic Team Top 30 with a 3.46 GPA. The Huskers earned the No.1 ranking for the first time in school history, while posting the third-highest GPA ever by a team on the list. Nebraska also placed five wrestlers on the individual All-Academic squad, which ties American for the most in the country.

The Huskers finished ahead of second-place Harvard, which earned a 3.38 GPA. American, Utah Valley and Big Ten Conference member Indiana finished out the top five. Nebraska and Indiana were two of six Big Ten teams ranked inside the top 30.

The Huskers individual honors included Tucker Lane, Michael Klinginsmith, Josh Ihnen, Skylar Galloway and James Nakashima. Along with leading the country in individual honors, the five members also marks the most by a Husker squad in school history, surpassing the previous high of four in 2010.

Lane, a 2011 second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, is now a four-time honoree by the NWCA and had the fourth-highest GPA in the country with a 3.94. The four-year starter is an undeclared master's student at NU after earning his degree in communications in the spring of 2011. Klinginsmith, who earned his first spot on the team, finished tied with Lane for the fourth-highest GPA in the nation as he works towards his undergraduate degree in biology.

Ihnen, an All-American in last year's NCAA Championships, was placed on the team for the third time. The soon-to-be senior earned his degree in finance last December from Nebraska, finishing his undergrad career in only seven semesters. Both Nakashima and Galloway earned their first spot on the squad. Galloway, who just completed his redshirt freshman season, is majoring in international business, while Nakashima is a political science major.

The team GPA is made up of 12 student athletes, 10 of which are the entries for the NCAA tournament conference qualifier from each team. This year's individual team was comprised of 87 total student-athletes, including 23 All-Americans and 77 NCAA qualifiers.

2011-12 NWCA All-Academic Team Members
Josh Ihnen, Jr., Sheldon, Iowa (Finance)
Tucker Lane, Sr., Redvale, Colo. (Communication Studies)
Michael Klinginsmith, So., Kearney, Neb. (Biological Sciences)
Skylar Galloway, RFr., Omaha, Neb. (International Busienss)
James Nakashima, Sr., Dwight, Ill. (Political Science)


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